Labor & Industry Announces Availability of $1.2 Million Grant to Support Healthcare Apprenticeships Preparing Pennsylvanians for Careers in Nursing

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier today announced the availability of a $1.2 million grant to support industry partnership programs. nursing education in Pennsylvania. As part of the COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Initiative (NWI), which is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, this grant program combines the registered learning and industry partnership models and is designed to develop opportunities for recorded healthcare learning in communities most affected by the covid19 pandemic.

“The Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership is a unique approach to L&I’s evolving workforce development model,” said Secretary Berrier. “As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will not only help address critical shortages in the nursing industry, but it will help create equitable access to opportunities that create meaningful careers and contribute to a strong economy, while removing barriers to quality employment that supports a family.

In September 2021, Senator Maria Collett introduced the NWI initiative to support and retain nurses across the Commonwealth as they face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. To support Collett’s efforts, the Wolf administration dedicated ARPA funds to the NWI initiative, which enabled L&I’s Office of Apprenticeship and Training (ATO) to administer registered apprenticeship funding and industry partnerships within underserved communities across the Commonwealth.

Distributed through L&I’s ATO, the Nursing Pathway grant funding will award local Workforce Development Councils up to $260,000 to collaborate with community partners, organizations, sponsors and regional industry partnerships to successfully register, maintain and manage nursing apprenticeship programs, and to recruit and retain qualified individuals. health professionals.

Through these efforts, companies can come together and form an industry partnership, defined as a global learning program serving multiple employers. Specifically, this grant program will prepare individuals for a range of nursing positions, including but not limited to home health aides, certified practical nurses, and licensed practical nurses.

Applications for the Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership Grants Program are due November 30, 2022 and should be sent to the ATO Grants Resource Account, [email protected] Grant funding will support registered apprentices from April 2023 to June 2026.

APPRENTICESHIP UNDER THE WOLF ADMINISTRATION
Established in 2016, the ATO within the Palestinian Authority’s Department of Labor and Industry is responsible for guiding and promoting the expansion and compliance of all registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs across the Commonwealth. The ATO oversees the development and approval of all registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs and ensures compliance with all regulations and standards. As of August 2022, the ATO supports 883 non-duplicated program sponsors and 1,596 occupation-specific registered apprenticeship programs across the Commonwealth, with 16,576 registered apprentices currently active.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that, on average, apprentices earn a starting salary of $70,000 a year after graduation and are on track to earn an additional $300,000 over their careers per year. compared to workers who have not graduated from an apprenticeship program. For every dollar spent on learning, employers recoup an average of $1.47 in increased productivity.

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS UNDER THE WOLF ADMINISTRATION

PA Industry Partnerships builds on highly successful and nationally recognized initiatives in Pennsylvania by combining the economic development concept of “cluster partnerships” that address comprehensive industry needs with the development model of workforce “industry initiatives” that focus on the specific training needs of the targeted industry. Instead of focusing on meeting business needs based on government programs, industry partnerships put business at the center of a coordinated workforce and economic development system that responds to defined business opportunities and priorities. .

Since 2018, as part of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, the administration has distributed nearly $60 million statewide to expand job training through registered apprenticeships and industry partnerships and to support teaching STEM and computer science in hundreds of schools across Pennsylvania.

Strengthening vocational and vocational training in Pennsylvania is a priority for the Wolf administration, as several workforce development programs have been created to meet the needs of local employers, including the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center, launched in 2019. This strategic public-private partnership helps identify and address work barriers, skills gaps, and labor shortages in Pennsylvania.
To see all the details, visit PAsmart Industry Partnership Grants.

MEDIA CONTACT: Trevor Monk, [email protected]

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